Dog Adoption Drive Stages Grand Finale

North Shore Animal League America’s Tour for Life helps hundreds of pets find homes.

Posted: April 25, 2009, 5 a.m. EDT

North Shore Animal League America’s ninth annual Tour for Life adoption drive makes its final stop Saturday, April 25. More than 900 shelter animals have been adopted during the month-long initiative, said Dianne Zoppa, spokeswoman for NSALA.

“909 to be precise,” Zoppa said, “and we still have two more events to go.”

The final two events are at Wayward Paws cat and kitten rescue in Jamesville, N.Y., and the grand finale at FAO Schwarz, the specialty toy retailer in New York City. The culmination celebrates the tour’s cross-country journey totaling more than 11,000 miles through 25 cities in 16 states to help more than 100 animal shelters and rescue groups find homes for homeless cats and dogs.

Zoppa said animal-loving celebrities, including TV star Kathryn Erbe of the drama “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” will gather in the windows of the world-famous toy store at 5th Avenue and 58th Street. Also participating will be “Greatest American Dog” reality show contestants Beth Joy Knutsen, Laurie Williams, and David Best.

A puppy parade with celebrities takes place at 10 a.m. The pet adoption mobile unit also will be on site with dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens.


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JohnC   Milwaukee, WI

4/27/2009 10:55:12 AM

NSAL does a fantastic job not only in generating adoptions--but causing awareness nationwide for the benefit of Shelter animals. They have a great adoptathon going on this weekend too that will get 100's of animals into good homes--check out their website at

NSAL also recently offered a new pet id tag on their tour called "Pawtags". The company donates 72% of sale to Shelters and the tag has 24/7 trained Live Operator Search and Rescue features for only $9.99. Check it out at - its a great deal because although microchips are good and recommended--they only work "after" a pets been rescued and in a facility that hopefully ahs the right scanner to read that

Pawtags also has a nationwide PAWS Alert search for tag members that gives them a list of all Animal Control facilties within 50 square miles-which is the ony place lost pets go. Does a cool, automatic Lost Pet poster too!

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A   Davis, CA

4/27/2009 1:59:51 AM

My dog came from the SPCA - she had been abused, and was depressed, ready to give up on humans, when I got her. I am glad I saved her life, aswell asacquiring aloving, fun
My gratitude to all the people who care about animals.

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Michele   Freeport, IL

4/26/2009 4:34:56 PM

It's great to see homeless pets getting adopted.

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S   3 Oaks, MI

4/26/2009 1:08:04 PM

North Shore Animal League is a wonderful organization, & this tour sounds like it was very successful!!

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